More than $100,000 in scholarships awarded as 80th annual event takes place virtually; Video interviews here


by Gary Adornato and Derek Toney

The annual pageantry of the McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards was altered slightly Monday night as the 80th annual edition of this great event took place in a virtual format, because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Trading a ballroom for computer screens did not, however, change the significance of this honor or the pride beaming forth from 114 Unsung Hero honorees, as well as their families, teammates, coaches and teachers who watched the live stream.

Just as in years past, long-time master of ceremonies Scott Garceau read the name of each honoree as their photo flashed across the screen. And, also in true Unsung Hero tradition, the honorees were treated to an inspirational message and congratulations from a special guest — this year provided by Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker.

Yet one more thing that went unchanged was the climax of the evening which was the awarding of six college scholarships, including two Grand Prize winners, each receiving a $40,000 Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship.

Gilman’s Grant Carey, the 2020 Charles Perry McCormick Unsung Hero male grand prize winner.

Grant Carey, a golfer from Gilman School and Logan Welsh, a lacrosse player from Patapsco High School, were the grand prize winners.

Carey has overcome a birth defect in his left hip that has left him disabled throughout his life. Despite numerous surgeries and a walking abnormality that causes him to fall frequently, he has persevered to become a top golfer in the MIAA, finishing in the top 10 in the league championships in 2019.

Carey grew up loving all sports and played a lot of basketball, volleyball and lacrosse in his middle school days. His physical limitations eventually forced him from team sports, but he refused to give up. He focused on golf because of its individuality and worked hard to make himself successful.

“Golf was different, as it gave me an opportunity to compete on an even playing field,” Carey wrote in his Unsung Hero essay submitted with his nomination. “In school, it was difficult to feel that others could relate to my situation, and even though people showed me tremendous kindness, throughout my high school career, there were times where it felt like there was a wall between me and my peers. However, on the golf course, that wall disappeared.”

Carey is also known for his desire to give back to the community as a volunteer for The First Tee of Baltimore and Outward Bound.

Patapsco’s Logan Welsh, the 2020 Charles Perry McCormick Unsung Hero female grand prize winner.

Welsh, who was a defender and goalkeeper with the Patapsco girls lacrosse team was described as an individual with “amazing blue color work ethic.” She is also a standout in the classroom, as 4.0 student who has never received a B grade in high school despite being a 12-season athlete.

Welsh did not missed a single practice or game, in any sport, throughout her four years at Patapsco. During her junior season, when she was one of only three upperclassmen on the Patriots’ squad, she took it upon herself to make sure the fields were setup correctly, the game balls were placed on the end lines and the team’s water jugs were filled and placed on either the benches or the bus.

“It’s a lot of time management,” said Welsh, who wrote in her Unsung Hero essay, “Sports have taught me a lot about what it takes to be successful. Success in anything means you must be willing to push yourself, whether it’s staying up late to study, running when you want to walk, or learning a new skill. You must be able to push yourself above and beyond, no matter what the outcome.”

Despite standing only 5-feet-2, Welch plays with the heart of a much larger athlete. Called “our toughest and strongest defender” by her coaches, Welch never backs down to anyone, remaining tough and standing her ground.

She showed her commitment to the lacrosse team, without prompting, by volunteering to move into the goal, after that team’s starter was injured.

Patapsco longtime athletic director Chris McGuiness said Welsh is “very special.”

“What I like most about Logan is she’s so quiet and has a group of friends and a great group of coaches,” said McGuiness. “She’s just the epitome of what an unsung hero and student-athlete should be.”

Welsh, whose parents, Rodney and Jamee, instilled a blue collar work ethic, will attend Towson University in the fall, and plans to major in Nursing.

Two Unsung Heroes, Andre Hawkins of Forest Park and Makilah McKnight of Douglass, each received a $7,500 second-place college scholarship, while Mike Reid of Owings Mills and Korionna Skinner of Parkville were each winners of $5,000 third-pace college scholarships.

Hawkins, a boys basketball player emerged from some difficult circumstances, including a stint in jail, to become a team leader. McKnight was a three-sport athlete for the Ducks and served as a foundational piece for the girls basketball program, which was reformed during her freshman year, as she played all four years and served as a captain her senior season.

Reid became a team leader on a winless football team and helped mentor younger teammates over three seasons as the Eagles evolved into a playoff team. And, finally, Skinner, a girls soccer player for Parkville, is described as a “true role model for her peers both on the field and in the classroom.” She overcame problems with her eyesight to make a positive impact for her team.

COMPLETE LIST OF 2020 MCCORMICK UNSUNG HERO HONOREES

2020 MALE UH HONOREES
SchoolHonoreeSport
Archbishop Curley High SchoolJulian HowardFootball
Archbishop Spalding High SchoolCollin BerkeIce Hockey
Baltimore City CollegeEzra CrawfordSoccer
Benjamin Franklin High SchoolJehon Carroll
Football, Basketball and Track & Field
Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, TheColby WeishaarFootball
Calvert Hall College High SchoolAnthony WeisFootball
Carver Center for the ArtsRahzel KhalifBaseball
Carver Vo-Tech High SchoolKolby Farrar, Jr.Lacrosse
Catonsville High SchoolEvan RogersFootball
Chesapeake High SchoolLance HaleyFootball
Concordia Preparatory SchoolDeonte FergusonFootball
Digital Harbor High SchoolKenyon ParkerFootball
Dulaney High SchoolOwen CampbellSoccer
Dundalk High SchoolJoseph DelveccieoFootball
Eastern Technical High SchoolMatthew HainesWrestling
Edmondson-Westside High SchoolAmir SimpsonFootball
Forest Park High SchoolAndre HawkinsBasketball
Franklin High SchoolMax HolzmanBasketball
Frederick Douglass High SchoolTiyon JenkinsBaseball
Friends School of BaltimoreDeclan BudnitzWrestling
Gilman SchoolGrant CareyGolf
Hereford High SchoolJack WickiserSoccer
Jemicy SchoolMyles JohnsonBasketball
The John Carroll SchoolGarrett Phillips
Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling and Lacrosse
Kenwood High SchoolAustin BootheFootball
Lake Clifton High SchoolTremaine HowardFootball
Lansdowne High SchoolJacob LipscombWrestling
Loch Raven High SchoolMason AyotteBasketball
Loyola BlakefieldKaire UmojaFootball
McDonogh SchoolSpencer PettTrack & Field
Mergenthaler Vo-Tech High SchoolNate PryorBasketball
Milford Mill AcademyD’Andre Irby, Jr.Football
Mount Saint Joseph High SchoolNicholas TriplettFootball
New Era AcademyJamal CannadyBasketball
New Town High SchoolSamuel Okezie-ImoFootball
Our Lady of Mount Carmel High SchoolConnor NauntonSoccer
Overlea High SchoolJerome VonziahFootball
Owings Mills High SchoolMike ReidFootball
Parkville High SchoolDa’Vaughn CurbeamFootball
Patapsco High SchoolCameron HoodFootball
Patterson High SchoolTyjuan JohnsonFootball
Paul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolDayvon Davis
Football, Lacrosse and Wrestling
Perry Hall High SchoolKaleb TodjoSoccer
Pikesville High SchoolRodney OlidCross Country
Randallstown High SchoolSyncere BrownFootball
Reginald F. Lewis High SchoolLouis JohnsonFootball
Severn SchoolMichael Whiteside
Soccer and Lacrosse
Southwestern High SchoolDaniel BabbFootball
Sparrows Point High SchoolNathan WynneSoccer
St. Frances AcademyRajah GolderFootball
St. Mary’s High SchoolJimy Chinchilla-ContrerasSoccer
St. Paul’s SchoolThomas (TJ) LinzCross Country
Towson High SchoolNicholas MillerSoccer
Western School of Technology & Env. ScienceNoah PetersIndoor Track
Woodlawn High SchoolGeorge WashingtonFootball

2020 FEMALE HONOREES
SchoolHonoreeSport
Archbishop Spalding High SchoolKyra FarleyTennis
Baltimore City CollegeJulia CrawfordSoccer
Ben Franklin High SchoolJoanna FunesBadminton and Soccer
The Bryn Mawr SchoolJ’nai KnoxSoccer
Catonsville High SchoolLily MellendickSoccer
Carver Center for the ArtsSierra RaspaSoccer
Carver Vo-Technical High SchoolAneisa CampbellSwimming
The Catholic High School of BaltimoreMadelynne MattareSoccer
Chesapeake High SchoolNarcis EustaciaSoccer
Concordia Preparatory SchoolSamantha LassahnBasketball
Digital Harbor High SchoolHaydee ArevaloSoccer
Dulaney High SchoolEmma Chandler
Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Dundalk High SchoolAlyson MarshallSoccer and Lacrosse
Eastern Technical High SchoolParis MortonCheer
Edmondson-Westside High SchoolJuanima VanzandtVolleyball
Forest Park High SchoolTiana BattleTrack & Field
Franklin High SchoolKate LorberField Hockey
Frederick Douglass High SchoolMakilah McKnightBasketball
Friends School of BaltimoreRachel FreemanField Hockey
Garrison Forest SchoolAlice BaughmanCross Country
Hereford High SchoolZoa NicholsonSoccer
Institute of Notre DameMolly KihnSoftball
Jemicy SchoolJennifer BarnesBasketball
The John Carroll SchoolKate GromackiField Hockey and Softball
Kenwood High SchoolJada MaloneIndoor Track & Field
Lansdowne High SchoolMadison WilliamsVolleyball
Loch Raven High SchoolJulie RoseSoccer
Maryvale Preparatory SchoolAmanda CommodariSoccer
McDonogh SchoolAllison PittsField Hockey
Mercy High SchoolOlivia GoodwinIndoor Track & Field
Mergenthaler Vo-Tech High SchoolDayla RankinVolleyball
Milford Mill AcademyGia EdgeBasketball
Mount de Sales AcademyMackenzie BellLacrosse
National Academy FoundationHazel Sorto-DiazSoccer and Softball
Notre Dame Preparatory SchoolAbigail RudolphBasketball
Oldfields SchoolOlivia DavisField Hockey
Our Lady of Mount CarmelDemetra ConnerSoccer
Overlea High SchoolKatelyn GlendonSoftball
Owings Mills High SchoolMaritriny Galvez-CeronSoccer
Parkville High SchoolKorianna SkinnerSoccer
Patapsco High SchoolLogan WelshLacrosse
Patterson High SchoolAlbania PenaSoftball
Paul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolYasmin PageTrack & Field
Perry Hall High SchoolAmanda ButzBasketball
Pikesville High SchoolFrances Glover-BeyBasketball
Randallstown High SchoolJadia RoneyTrack & Field
Reach Partnership SchoolCynthia Abalum
Cross Country and Track & Field
Reginald F. Lewis High SchoolShawnice AndersonVolleyball
Roland Park Country SchoolKrisly DorseySoftball
Severn SchoolEva Gormley
Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Southwestern High SchoolDestiny ButlerTrack & Field
Sparrows Point High SchoolAlaina ClayCheer
St. Mary’s High SchoolEmma DriggsLacrosse
St. Paul’s School for GirlsLeah JohnsonBasketball
St. Timothy’s SchoolNatalia BoumatarSoccer
Towson High SchoolKendall FragettaBasketball
Western High SchoolHallie BridgesGolf
Western School of Technology & Env. ScienceTroi WilliamsBasketball
Woodlawn High SchoolD’Jahana SmithBasketball